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Tori Johnson, manager of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney

Sydney siege inquest: Cafe owner Tori Johnson was forced to kneel on the floor by gunman – and then shot in the back of the head

Shooting sparked officers' decision to storm Lindt Chocolate Cafe and end16-hour siege last month

It took 1030 sheep to create the flag

Video: Farmer celebrates Australia Day by creating giant flag using only sheep

Farmer Hannah Marriott said that she wanted to show the public the amazing job farmers do in Australia

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their way to attend the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Perth in 2011; Australians have been left bemused by their Prime Minister making Prince Philip a Knight of the Order of Australia

Australia bemused by decision to knight Prince Philip

Mr Abbott had been expected to put the annus horribilis of 2014 behind him and squash the leadership speculation by starting 2015 in decisive fashion

Tony Abbott has been ridiculed after it was announced that Prince Philip would be made a knight of Australia

Australia Day 2015: Prime minister Tony Abbott ridiculed after making Prince Philip a knight

Former prime minister Bob Hawke abolished the titles of knighthood and damehood in 1986, but they were reintroduced by Mr Abbott last year

Screengrab from an ABC News report shows Matthew Gardiner speaking at a Labor event

Senior Australian Labor politician Matthew Gardiner travels to Syria 'to fight against Isis'

Reports said the president of the party’s Northern Territory branch had gone to join Kurdish fighters

The Great Barrier Reef was about to be put on a UN danger list

Australia bans waste dumping near Great Barrier Reef after Unesco threat to put it on danger list

Conservationists say the practice smothers coral and exposes it to high levels of nutrients and poisons

'Je suis Muslim': Hundreds rally in Australia over portrayal of Islam and Prophet Mohamed

Protesters prayed on the streets while police watched over

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan blackmail: Cricketer's ex-girlfriend Brooke Tsakirakis says partner Nick Emery's ploy for £35,000 has 'ruined my life'

Tsakirakis has now split from boyfriend Nick Emery who tried to blackmail Morgan

Police officers walk on to a ferry following a bomb scare on Sydney Harbour

Training exercise in Sydney harbour accidentally sparks real bomb scare

Crew called police over a deliberately suspicious package that was to be used in training

The 23-year-old was already drunk when he boarded a Virgin Australia flight bound for Sydney from Perth

Drunk plane passenger who forced Virgin plane to turn around ordered to pay £26,000

Brenden Tume threatened to 'bring this plane down'

Australian woman delivers her own baby by caesarean

'It's my body, it's my birth, it's my baby,' Gerri Wolfe said

Wanganui Hospital, New Zealand, where a senior member of staff left her son in a car

Toddler died in New Zealand after mother left in him in car on hot day

The mother is thought to have forgotten to take her son to daycare

The erupting volcano, 40 miles north of the South Pacific nation of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa

New island created by underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga may soon disappear

Volcanologist says it will probably take the ocean no more than a few months to erode it entirely

Cannabis oil, as seen in the documentary film ‘Project Storm’

Father who gave 2-year-old daughter cannabis oil visits her in hospital

His daughter is suffering from an aggressive and rare cancer called Neuroblastoma

Detainees reportedly on hunger strike at the site

Manus Island asylum seekers 'swallow razor blades' as hunger strikes enter ninth day

Rights group denies claims hunger strikes over resettlement plans have ended

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee